Principal Investigator:

Richard D. Averitt 

Associate Professor of Physics, Boston University 2010-present  
Assistant Professor of Physics, Boston University 2006-2010  
Staff Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory 2001-2006
Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory 1999-2001
PhD Applied Physics, Rice University 1998

I am interested in the optical and electronic properties of artificial and quantum based multifunctional materials. This includes metamaterials, plasmonics, transition metal oxides ranging from multiferroics to superconductors, and new materials such as graphene. We utilize time-resolved optical spectroscopy spanning from the far-infrared through the visible to explore the fundamental and technologically relevant properties of such materials. Considerably more information can be found throughout this website. You can always contact me at if you have questions about our research!

Graduate Students:

Drew Strikwerda

B.S., Physics, Boston University, USA, 2006

Research interests:
Metamaterials. I design, simulate, measure, and classify metamaterials. Specifically, I have been working on using metamaterials as fundamental components in the THz gap.
Ultrafast optics. I maintain the lab's femtosecond lasers (aka my babies), and I build and maintain the associated experimental apparatus.
Aerial dynamics of spinning objects.
Plasmonics. Coming soon!


Mengkun Liu

B.S., Physics, Fudan University, China, 2006

Research interests:
I am studying the ultrafast dynamics of different correlated material using time resolved THz spectroscopy and time resolved mid-infrared spectroscopy.

    Hu “Tiger” Tao

B.E., Mechanical Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, China, 2003
M.S., Physical Electronics, Institute of Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, 2006

Research interests:
My research interests include design and realization of micro thermal detectors and MEMS enhanced active terahertz metamaterial structures and devices.
Kebin Fan

B.E., Mechanical Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, China, 2003
M.S., Microelectronics and Solid-State Electronics, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, 2006.

Research interests:
Development of functional metamaterial devices at terahertz frequencies

Jingdi Zhang

B.S., Physics, University of Science and Tchnology of China, China, 2007

Research interest:
Characterization of multi-functional materials at terahertz and mid-infrared frequencies.


Elsa Abreu

Photoinduced Phase Transitions in Complex Matter


Evren Ekmekci


Research interests:
Evren is studying for his Ph.D. on Left-Handed Metamaterials.



Daniel V. Pilon

Senior student, physics and math, Boston University, USA

Research interests:
Using Terahertz Time-Domain Spectroscopy (THz-TDS) to characterize metamaterials designed for the terahertz regime.  The goal of these metamaterials is to fill the “terahertz gap” with optically active materials that will prove for this frequency range.   Such uses include remote detection and security systems.  The scope of my current work includes designing and simulating metamaterials intended for various functions such as perfect absorption and polarization rotation, while building a THz-TDS system we will use to experimentally characterize these metamaterials. Outside of research, I enjoy tennis, squash, ultimate Frisbee, and hiking. I have also played the piano for 15 years.



Ben Chuang

Time-resolved studies of complex materials



Brian Pardo

B.A. in Physics from Boston University, USA, 2008

Research interests:
My current research is in ultrafast dynamics of correlated electron materials. The primary tools I use are optical-pump terahertz-probe spectroscopy and all-optical pump-probe spectroscopy that exploit femtosecond laser technologies.

    Matthew Molinario

B.S, Physics and a minor in Mathematics and Philosophy, Boston University, USA, 2008

Research interests:
Correlated electron materials and, more specifically, the study of graphene. Current responsibilities include fabrication and identification of graphene samples using micromechanical cleaving and assorted optical techniques, as well as preparation of said samples using electron-beam lithography to write masks and contact patterns for use in various ongoing and upcoming experiments. Future responsibilities will shift to include the construction, set-up and operation of a terahertz time-domain spectroscopy system (THz-TDS) for use in both correlated electron and metamaterials experiments.
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